Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens

Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, Jan. 30, and if you think you’ve gotten a parking ticket unfairly, wait until you hear this San Franciscan’s story. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Ripple effect

A day after federal officials arrested and charged San Francisco’s Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru with fraud, the impact of the allegations continued to reverberate around San Francisco.

The Chronicle has learned the real estate developer who allegedly provided San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru with lavish hotel stays and a $2,070 bottle of wine is chief executive of one of the world’s biggest luxury hotel owners, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

Later on Wednesday, the longtime San Francisco International Airport commissioner whom federal officials allege Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis sought to bribe resigned, citing health issues.

Who is Nick Bovis? The restaurateur tied to Nuru in alleged fraud was “too generous,” friends say. But he also had a criminal record few of his high-profile San Francisco backers knew about.

No exceptions

 Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens

Anthony Edgar De Guzman spent 15 days in the hospital after a stranger robbed and stabbed him on the steps of his house in San Francisco’s Excelsior district.

Then the city dealt him another fresh wound: a $79 parking ticket for not moving his car from a street-sweeping zone — which became active only after he was taken to the hospital.

Now De Guzman and his family are increasingly frustrated by San Francisco turning down requests to drop the citation, though De Guzman’s niece told them her uncle had been violently stabbed moments after parking the car. But the odds of overturning a parking citation in the city are not favorable.

President Biden?

 Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens

During his campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden has outlined plans for immigration, infrastructure and transportation that are in line with California’s — in some cases.

In others, Biden would be injecting the federal government into areas that are already the subject of fierce debate in the state.

John Wildermuth reports on what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for California.

Previously: What an Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders presidency would mean for California.

Stay informed ahead of the March primary: Subscribe to The Chronicle’s Political Punch newsletter.

If you suddenly need some Niners facts

 Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens


Don’t care about the 49ers? Yes you.

Skipping over the Super Bowl item in Bay Briefing for days? We have a guide for you.

The good news: San Francisco has an interesting team, and we’ve collected a pack of facts about the 49ers that transcend the usual sports talk radio blather. Read it and pretend to be a fan, or actually start being one. Hop aboard the bandwagon here.

Meanwhile, for the Faithful:

• How Kyle Shanahan quickly figured out how to connect with his players.

• 49ers’ Richard Sherman lashes out at NFL’s “hypocrisy” in seeking longer season.

Crossover: Joe Garofoli’s guide to the most political Super Bowl ever.

Fifth Mission podcast: It’s Super Bowl week in Miami — and Ann Killion and Eric Branch are reporting from the three-ring circus.

Existential memo to PGE

 Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens

Exactly one year after PGE filed for bankruptcy, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the embattled utility “no longer exists” and doubled down on a state takeover if the utility doesn’t shape up by June 30.

“There’s going to be a new company or the state of California will take it over,” Newsom said on Wednesday.

Mallory Moench and J.D. Morris report on why Newsom said the bankruptcy has become an “extraordinary opportunity for the state.”

More: Judge approves PGE Tubbs Fire settlements.

Around the Bay

SB50 voted down: A contentious bill to increase the housing supply in California by boosting dense construction around public transit and in wealthy suburbs was defeated in the state Senate on Wednesday after a year-long battle.

Coronavirus updates: An infectious disease expert at UCSF is working on a quick diagnostic test for the deadly coronavirus. Apple, Amazon announce business travel restrictions to China and United stops eight SFO flights to China. Background: Here’s what Bay Area residents need to know.

Minor league deal for the Panda: Giants bringing back Pablo Sandoval. Giants Splash podcast: Hear from the Panda himself.

Home security video systems too: After mountain lion attack, authorities flooded with calls.

S.F. institution closes: John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone recording studio succumbs to economic reality.

Question time: Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein are heard from but not seen in Trump trial.

Power meal hot spot: San Francisco’s Allegro Romano closes in Russian Hill.

Big, necessary ask: California Supreme Court wants panel to tackle racial discrimination in jury selection.

Harmony’s end: Bob Shane, founding member of S.F.’s Kingston Trio, dies at 85.

The Culture Desk

 Bay Briefing: Impact of SF official’s arrest widens

Each year on Dec. 29, Pat and Alicia Moorehead travel to Lake Elsinore in Southern California to celebrate a friend’s birthday party — in midair, while freefalling at terminal velocity. It’s a group skydiving affair made up of seemingly unlikely adrenaline junkies: senior citizens.

“There was a guy there this time who was under 30,” says 88-year-old Pat. “I don’t know how he snuck in.”

He’s become something of a figurehead of a global subcommunity of athletes who are pushing the limits of extreme sport into old age. And he’s nowhere close to slowing down.

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